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NWBC 2018 - 8th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference

23/10/2018 08:00 - 25/10/2018 17:00 Scandic Marina Congress Center, Helsinki, Finland

Dear colleagues,

Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference was succesfully held at Scandic Marina Congress Center in Helsinki, Finland on October 23-25 2018. The next conference will be held 24-26 March 2020 in Sweden by RISE. See you all there! Eventpage

The proceedings book from the conference 2018 can be found HERE.

Links to our daily blogs from the conference written by Tom Browne Day1, Day2 and Day3.

News from the conference in twitter #NWBC2018.

Articles in bio-based world news:
- Change and continuity – the inside story of 10 years of the Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference (NWBC)
- Forest-based biomass industry: Where are we today and where are going tomorrow?




Eemeli Hytönen, Chairman of the NWBC 2018 Organising Committee



It´s Time to Defossilise Our Economy
Bernard de Galembert, Innovation and Bioeconomy Director CEPI - Confederation of European Paper Industries


Forests: Dealing with Desire and Greed in a Transforming Environment
Berry Wiersum, Chief Executive Officer, Sappi Europe

Woody Biomass as a Sustainable Feedstock for Biobased Chemicals
James Clark, Professor (Department of Chemistry), Director of the Green Chemistry Centre, University of York


Visit to St1 Kajaani Cellunolix® plant
Oct 22 2018

NWBC 2018 - 8th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference participants had a unique opportunity to visit the biorefinery of St1 Renewable Energy Oy in Kajaani. Kajaani Cellunolix® plant is the first in the world utilizing residues of softwood in ethanol production in commercial scale. Find more information of the biorefinery & side event itinerary HERE.

Equipping Europe for biobased innovation

October 22nd 2018 this interactive workshop gathered together industry, researchers and experts from pilot plants to discuss the state of the open-access pilot infrastructure for the European bioeconomy. The workshop also examined the different opportunities to improve service delivery and interconnection between open-access facilities.

Find out more about Pilots4U and coming workshops HERE.


Prof.    James Clark    University of York, UK
Prof.    Claudia Crestini    Tor Vergata University, Italy
Dr.    Alex Berg     University of Concepción, Chile
Dr.    Marzouk Benali    Natural Resources Canada, Canada
Prof.    Adriaan van Heiningen    The University of Maine, USA
Dr.    Klaus Niemelä    VTT, Finland        Honorary Member
Dr.    Kristiina Kruus    VTT, Finland
Dr.    Peter Axegård    RISE Bioeconomy, Sweden        Honorary Member
MSc. Chem Eng.   Per Tomani    RISE Bioeconomy, Sweden
Dr.    Elspeth MacRae    Scion, New Zealand
Dr.    Niklas von Weymarn    Metsä Fibre, Finland
M.Sc.    Mikael Hannus    Stora Enso, Finland

Organisers and previous NWBC events

NWBC is organised by VTT, Finland and RISE, Sweden

Previous events have attracted participants from over 30 countries and there have always been more than 200 participants. Below you can find links to previous NWBC event programs and proceedings.

NWBC 2017, Stockholm     Program, Event page
NWBC 2015, Helsinki         Program, Event page, Proceedings
NWBC 2014, Stockholm     Program
NWBC 2012, Helsinki         Program, Proceedings